In May 2011, Agua Imara signed an acquisition agreement for a 51% shareholding in Lunsemfwa Hydro Power Company Ltd (LHPC), located in the central part of Zambia, close to the city of Kabwe.
LHPC currently owns two hydropower plants: Mulungushi Power Station and Lunsemfwa Power Station, with a combined generation capacity of 56 MW.
Lunsemfwa power station comprises a reservoir, a canal and penstocks to a surface powerhouse. The power station was constructed in 1945 with two 6 MW units. The power plant was operated as a run-of-river scheme until 1958 when the Mita Hills dam was built. A third 6 MW unit was installed in 1961. With the fourth unit of 6 MW installed in 2012, Lunsemfwa has today a capacity of 24 MW.
The Mulungushi and Lunsemfwa Power Stations are from 1925 and 1945, respectively, and are in need of replacement. LHPC has therefore commenced studies to replace the existing plants, and to further develop the Mulungushi and Lunsemfwa catchment areas. These studies involve the development of the new Mulughushi Power Station (MPS) and Muchinga Power Company (MPC). Together, these two projects will potentially add 250-350 MW to the Zambian grid, while improving infrastructure and local employment, as well as ensuring knowledge-transfer to the Zambian market.
Currently, LHPC is the only private power generating company being member of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
LHPC has potential for further development. Studies have therefore been initiated by Agua Imara and its Zambian partners for further expansion of the company.